Win £1,000 off your wedding photography

They say time flies when you are having fun and, unbelievably, March 1st 2015 marks TEN years since I left full time employment as a press photographer and set up Darren Cresswell Photography Ltd.

To mark this momentous occasion one lucky couple who are getting married in 2015 and book me to be their wedding photographer will win a whopping £1,000 off their wedding photography!

Win £1,000 off your wedding photography


So how is this going to work?
Well its quite simple really, anyone who is getting married between the 1st January 2015 and the 31st December 2015 and books either a full day or half day package* with me will automatically go into the draw to win £1,000 off their chosen package.

*To qualify one of our 3 selections has to be booked click here to view the price list.

When will the lucky couple find out?
The draw will take place 1 month before the first booked wedding of 2015 (for example: if my first wedding of 2015 is on the 1st March the draw will take place on the 1st February, so everyone who has booked has a fair chance of winning). Anyone booking after the draw has been made will not be eligible to win.


What is a booked wedding?
Confirmation of a booking is when a deposit payment has been made and a contract signed.


What about couples who have already booked?
They have already been entered.


Who will pick the winner?
The winning couple will be chosen at random by the team over at Save The Date Magazine.


Anything else we need to know?
Its a brilliant prize so if you or anyone you know is getting married in 2015, please share this fantastic offer and tell them about it.


Any questions please drop me an email or call on 01530 413053

Lucy & Matt, Holy Trinity Church / Dovecliff Hall Wedding Photography

Another spring wedding and another sunny day, this time its Lucy and Matt’s gorgeous wedding with the ceremony taking place round the corner from my home at Holy Trinity Church in Ashby, and then onto Dovecliff Hall Hotel in Staffs for the reception.   It was a fabulous day with the bride looking amazing, upstaged only by Lucy and Matt’s little twin girls Grace and Freya, making lots of very cute pictures.

Great to work with Make up artist Lisa from Creative Touch again and it was nice to see everyone hitting the dance floor for the brilliant Oasis tribute act Oasish, I think Matt rather enjoyed joining in.

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Suzy & Gary, Breedon Priory Church / Thrumpton Hall wedding photography

Great to be back at the gorgeous Thrumpton Hall and the very windy Breedon Priory Church for Suzy and Gary’s wedding.

Scroll down to see photos from the day, but before that here’s a photo taken during the wedding speeches that I love simply because it that sums up exactly what I’m looking for when I’m shooting a wedding, real emotion, timing and discretion.

As the groom Gary did his speech I knew Suzy’s mum Joan who had passed away 24 years ago would be remembered.  I was already in a good position just to the side of the top table and I noticed Suzy lean in towards her dad Brian, and then Ben closed into hug his mum, at this moment there is a strong temptation to rattle off shots but I held off.  Their heads came together, Brian closed his eyes remembering his wife, and I had the shot.
I took four frames not forty in this sequence, thats all that was needed.  It sounds simple but knowing when NOT to press the shutter is just as important as knowing when to.

Emotional documentary black & white wedding photography


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Andrew Billington - Great work Darren – what a fantastic looking day 🙂

Lifestyle portrait photography offer, book your Easter session now

Easter holidays are just around the corner which is the perfect time to book a location portrait session.
We have lots of beautiful outdoor spaces around Leics and Derbys that provide the perfect setting for a relaxed, natural, fun photography shoot.  The sessions typically lasts around 90 mins and are available anytime of the day and early evening.

Spaces are limited so please call or email to find out more about our special Easter offer for bookings between the 12th and the 27th April 2014.

Below is a great example of one our shoots in the grounds of Calke Abbey.

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